Every week at our company All Hands, I remind the team that contracts are, at their core, a business technology. They were invented to power business decisions, and are the single most powerful tool for connecting all the dots across the modern business that exists today. There isn’t a single major decision—purchasing, sales, hiring, M&A—that doesn’t require a contract, and there isn’t a single team at the company that doesn’t run on contracts.
But because they’re often done in a siloed, disconnected way, it’s easy to forget that they exist to speed business and not grind it to a halt. Connectedness is the key to unblocking the business contract. Connectedness means bringing contracts to every place where they’re already being done to deliver insights across teams; it means plugging contracts into existing operations to enable cross-functional collaboration; it means connecting contracts to the modern business ecosystem.
The Ironclad Ecosystem connects contracts across your business
Today I’m thrilled to announce the launch of the Ironclad Ecosystem, a network of strategic partnerships featuring more than 25 of the world’s most widely used solutions, like Salesforce, OneTrust, and Zapier. With Ironclad Ecosystem, your contracting tools sit alongside your tech stack, so you can work wherever you’re used to working. This means you can do things like creating contracts without ever leaving Salesforce, or routing all legal approvals within Zip. It’s a one-click easy button for contracts that appears whenever and wherever you need it.
This is a special moment for me personally. As an attorney, I’ve always been frustrated by how disconnected and siloed contracting processes are from the business impact they’re designed to create. It shouldn’t be hard for a sales agreement to push and pull data from Salesforce, or a procurement team to sync a security assessment with OneTrust. The vision of Ironclad is to power the world’s contracts – and a critical part of that is connecting the world’s contracts.
These connections help your business run fast
With the Ironclad Ecosystem, customers can connect Ironclad directly to best-in-breed software tools across legal, sales, security, procurement, finance, HR, and more to streamline their contracting processes, increase visibility and collaboration, share contract data and insights, and optimize existing tech stacks.
The Ironclad Ecosystem helps customers:
- Gain actionable insights through contract data: Surfacing and analyzing contract and process data helps teams make better, more strategic decisions.
- Speed your contracts: By removing the silos and integrating with existing tools and processes, your contracts move faster – so your business moves faster, too.
- Increase collaboration: Procurement, sales, HR, marketing, and more can better connect to share contracts and data.
- Optimize tech stack ROI: Spend less time navigating disparate systems and do more with the tools your team is already using.
Customers are seeing the benefits of connected contracts
Connecting these disparate systems doesn’t just help your teams work faster, smarter, and more collaboratively; it saves you time and money, and lets you do more with the tools you already have. We see impact daily with our customers that are already taking advantage of these ecosystem connections.
Calm, the leading app for meditation and sleep, partners with businesses to improve employees’ well-being. Inside our Ecosystem, Calm uses Ironclad’s Salesforce integration to streamline the entire process from start to finish.
“Many of our Calm Business partnerships require multiple agreements and collaborators – from our high-volume standard orders, to our most custom negotiated contracts. We’re proud to bring Calm Business to a variety of different markets and industries, but this means we also have a lot of contracts,” said Lauren Healey, Senior Deal Desk Analyst, Revenue Operations at Calm. “By connecting Ironclad with Salesforce, we can generate, manage, and execute contracts directly from Salesforce, which has been a massive value driver for us. It streamlines our entire process and frees up time for our sales team to focus on what matters – engaging with our Calm Business partners to offer value and mindfulness to the overall wellbeing of their company.”
Another example is Chegg, who uses Ironclad Ecosystem to sync OneTrust risk assessments with their contracting processes to help mitigate risk:
“With the Ironclad Ecosystem, we can use OneTrust to effectively evaluate vendor risk, and trigger relevant approvals, guide automatic clause replacements, and implement safeguards directly within our contracts in Ironclad – all without leaving the OneTrust platform,” said Jonathan Schubauer, Global Data Privacy Technologist at Chegg. “This saves time, helps to reduce errors, and increases visibility to make proactive risk management a part of our businesses corporate DNA.”
See what the Ironclad Ecosystem can do for you
The beauty of the Ironclad Ecosystem is that it lets you put contract creation and review right where you need it – in your sales, procurement, legal, and business tools. If you’re interested in learning how the Ironclad Ecosystem connects contracts with the business tools your company uses daily, check out our Ecosystem hub here. Or sign up for a custom demo to see how Ironclad helps you speed every part of the contracting process.
Ironclad is the #1 contract lifecycle management platform for innovative companies. L’Oréal, Staples, Mastercard, and other leading innovators use Ironclad to collaborate and negotiate on contracts, accelerate contracting while maintaining compliance, and turn contracts into critical carriers of operational business intelligence. It’s the only platform flexible enough to handle every type of contract workflow, whether a sales agreement, an HR agreement or a complex NDA. The company was named one of the 20 Rising Stars on the Forbes 2019 Cloud 100 list, and is backed by leading investors like Accel, Y Combinator, Sequoia, and BOND. For more information, visit www.ironcladapp.com or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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